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old timberSearching for some unique wood or reclaimed timber to build a farm table with, I came across a source of Longleaf Pine. You may have never heard of Longleaf Pine but it is an endangered species of pine. Reason? In the mid-1800″s there were 80,000,000 acres of this pine in the Southeast US and by 1910, it was pretty much gone. The primary reason being that the nature of the Longleaf Pine made it clear, straight and with few defects, it was ideal for shipbuilding. It was also the primary source for long straight timbers used to build the textile mills in the Southeast. I found someone who dissasymbles these old mills and brings them to Texas (2X2 beams pictured above in the warehouse) then runs them though a mill to create boards for floors, cabinets, home building, etc. I was lucky enough to find this material which will give a nice provenance to the table and am now experimenting with which color stain best compliments this beautiful old timber.

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It’s that time again in North Texas. Grackles, or better known here as “rats with wings”!. These birds collect into flocks of thousands of birds and last night, I was in Burleson at sundown and came across the intersection where they seem to gather every year at this time. There must have been millions of them flying around, perched on wires, in trees and on the ground of the shopping center looking for food. They are a real nuisance because, as one can imagine, they tend to leave a lot of droppings, especially on cars. Wether you knew this or not, bird droppings contain acid which could do serious damage to your car, so try to park in an area that these rats do no congregate!

 

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oldhousestoreHow many time do you see something, such as a sign that triggers a memory of something else? When I first saw this storefront, the Doors sign cause me to reflect on the music group of the same name but yet, this was a store selling old doors. This is the Old House Supply in south Fort Worth and a treasure trove of old furnishing from houses being torn down in the area. Looking at the prices on theses old windows and doors made me wish I had kept the 20+ windows I had changed out over the years. Our old house (most lily built in the 20’s) was moved to the current location in 1962 and came from the area of southeast Fort Worth where Hwy 287 now runs between downtown and Loop 820.

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candlesSpending the day with my friends Jean, Thomas and Connie Mullins at the White Buffalo Gallery in Glen Rose, I was standing next to a table with a candle display the was made up of candles on mercury glass holders. As the late afternoon light came in, I was caught by the simple beauty the light reflected, and thus, with the camera in hand, I tried to capture the light!

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